The unconscious at work: A Tavistock approach to making sense of organizational life

Obholzer, Anton and Roberts, Vega Zagier and Trainor, Kay (2019) The unconscious at work: A Tavistock approach to making sense of organizational life. Routledge, Abingdon. ISBN 978-0815361350

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Abstract

Why do our organizations so often seem to be less than the sum of their parts? What undermines effectiveness and morale, and gets in the way of achieving what we set out to do? The Unconscious at Work, Second Edition, draws on a body of thinking and practice which has developed over the past 70 years, often referred to as 'the Tavistock approach' or 'systems-psychodynamics'. All the contributors are practising consultants who draw on this framework, bringing it alive and making it useful to any reader – manager, leader or consultant, regardless of whether they have any prior familiarity with the underlying concepts – who is curious about what might be driving the puzzling or stressful situations they find in their workplace. The First Edition was addressed to people working in 'the human services': health, social care and education. Since it was published in 1994, there has been growing interest in the business world, and in understanding more about the 'irrational' side of organizational life. Therefore, this Second Edition includes an entirely new section where the key ideas are revisited and illustrated with case studies from a wide range of business organizations, from large corporations to start-ups and family businesses. The aim, however remains the same: to enlarge readers' existing sense-making 'tool-kits' so that they can look at themselves and their organizations with fresh eyes, deepening the emotional intelligence they bring to bear on the challenges they face and providing new possibilities for action. The Unconscious at Work, Second Edition is for managers, leaders, consultants, and anyone working in organizations who has been puzzled, disturbed or challenged by their experiences at work.

Item Type: Book
Additional Information: 2nd edition.
Subjects: Groups & Organisations > Groups/Institutions/Organisations
Management & Economics > Social Psychology of Work
Subconscious & Unconscious, Personality > Unconscious
Department/People: Honorary Staff
Tavistock Consultancy Service
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1922

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